East Central Michigan
This region is a great place from which to launch your career or put down some roots and raise a family. To learn more about what it’s like to live in East Central Michigan, explore the tabs below.
What’s it like to live in East Central Michigan?
From the bustle of downtown Saginaw to the quiet agricultural communities of Gratiot County, this region spans across diverse communities throughout the heart of Michigan. Its blue collar heritage combines with world-class culture to provide a great place to live, thrive, and simply enjoy.
- East Central Michigan is home to several colleges and some top-ranked Michigan high schools. There are also many additional universities within a 50-mile driving radius.
- The region has one of the highest concentrations of Ph.D.s. in the U.S. and continually tops the charts for the most registered patents in the U.S.
- The Great Lakes Bay Region is home to more than 77 miles of freshwater coastline.
- Visit 162 unique annual festivals throughout the year, including the Clare County Irish Festival and the Tall Ships Festival in Bay City.
- Move over, Wisconsin! Pinconning was chosen as the “Cheese Capital of the World.”
- The region is home to more than 69,000 acres of state game and wildlife areas to hunt deer, turkey, waterfowl, and other small game.
- In Frankenmuth, visitors enjoy the German atmosphere found year-round in the Bavarian-style downtown shops and authentic restaurants.
Where do people work in East Central Michigan?
East Central Michigan offers plenty of opportunities in a wide variety of occupations.
- Covenant HealthCare
- Dow Chemical Company
- Dow Corning/Hemlock Semiconductor
- Mid-Michigan Medical Center
- Nexteer Automotive
What do people do for fun in East Central Michigan?
From orchards and farms to outdoor trails and unique shopping excursions, you’ll love discovering Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region.
Places to see, things to do
- Sports lovers will enjoy cheering on the Great Lakes Loons minor league baseball team and the Saginaw Spirit hockey team.
- Bike or hike the Pere Marquette Trail, a flat straightaway trail that extends 30 miles between Midland and Clare.
- Travel down one of the region’s scenic rivers, such as Arenac County’s Rifle River or the 30-mile Pine River Canoe Trail in Gratiot County.
- Try your luck at one of the region’s award-winning casinos—Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort or Saganing Eagles Landing Casino.
- Saginaw Valley State University houses the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Gallery, a permanent collection of more than 200 works by the world-famous sculptor.
- Explore the Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House, one of only five authentic Japanese teahouses in the country.
- At the State Theater in Bay City you’ll find an art-deco venue from the 1930s where you can watch the symphony, see a jazz concert, or catch classic movies on the silver screen.
- Experience Midland’s Dow Gardens, the 110-acre botanical garden that Herbert Dow developed over a century ago right in his very own backyard.